I’ve been missing for the past few months, doing my best to stay on top of a near-impossible list of to-dos, so I’ll give you a quick catch up post so I can get back on track. Writing this blog is fun, and I’m going to try to work a little more fun into my busy schedule. Here are some projects you’ve missed:
I made a Mr. Rogers sweater for my Uncle Tim for Christmas.
I wasn’t able to find a pattern on Ravelry for a Mr. Rogers sweater, so I started to design this one. I wanted it to be as authentic as possible so I made it in pieces and seamed it together. I had some trouble with the collar and decided not to actually go through with the pattern as it was because it wasn’t fun and I wasn’t sure how I was going to explain what I had to do to the collar to make it do what I wanted. Maybe someday I’ll design another one similar, but seamless and fun. For this one, I used Cascade 220 and size 7 needles.
I know that his most famous sweater, the one that is at the Smithsonian Museum, was a red one, but he did have a green one just like this one. See?
Also for Tim, I made the Smitten advent calendar.
I used all worsted weight wool and tried to keep it masculine in color.
I was getting down to crunch time at the end and got my friend, Angela, to knit a bunch of them for me. At first I had some reservations about this, since it was supposed to be a handmade gift from me, but then I remembered that everyone else in the world actually buys gifts for people and that if I needed to get help this one time, it was okay. Besides, her 10 mittens were also handmade…
I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Metallics and size 10 needles. This set matches her eyes perfectly!
Next up, a long awaited scarf for my husband’s grandmother. I bought this luxurious alpaca yarn from the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival last year, knowing I was going to make a scarf for her and just never got around to it. I talked about it in this post back in May when I got it.
I used the Alpa pattern and a size G hook. It was lovely to work and was a fast project. I may make another one with the rest of the yarn.
And finally, I squeezed in another hat for my other niece, Elsie. I used some random dk weight acrylic, some size 5 needles and this hat pattern.
It looks much cuter on her! Here she is clapping. I think she likes it too.